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Executive Director

Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: May 13, 2022

Job Description:

Organization: Breaking Free - Location: St. Paul, MNActivity Area: Executive - Job Type: Full-Time - Salary:Closing Date: 05/22/2022Breaking Free is a social justice, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in 1996 by award-winning abolitionist Vednita Carter. Breaking Free is based in Minnesota with a national and international presence and scope of work. Breaking Free headquarters are located in St. Paul, MN. Breaking Free's vision is to end all forms of sex trafficking, prostitution and sexual exploitation. As a recognized leader and pioneer, Breaking Free provides culturally specific, survivor-centered, trauma-informed advocacy, direct services, housing, and education to survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking and their children. Breaking Free is the oldest existing survivor-led organization in the nation. Breaking Free empowers survivors to build new lives through safe housing, direct services, effective healing programs, survivor advocacy, worldwide policy change, and hope. Over the past 26 years, Breaking Free has served more than 8,000 clients and 30,000 people.The Breaking Free Executive Director position requires a unique set of skills, values, and experience. Building upon the successes of the past, the Executive Director will be charged with leading, building, and supporting a strong, accountable, and sustainable mission-driven organization that is survivor-centered, well-regarded, value-based, and outcome driven.POSITION SUMMARY
The Breaking Free Executive Director (ED) must demonstrate professionalism, exceptional leadership, and be committed to staff and survivor engagement and empowerment. The ED embraces and models an unwavering commitment to serve the vision and survivors of Breaking Free. The ED must possess strong management skills for quality oversight of programs, operations, and human and financial resources, resulting in mission accomplishment, program quality, and long-term organizational sustainability.The ED serves as the liaison to internal and external stakeholders to promote and support a professional image of the organization, and a positive and productive workplace culture that is in alignment with Breaking Free's vision, goals, and overall purpose. The ED must model, demonstrate, and take action to end all forms of sex trafficking, prostitution, and sexual exploitation.The Executive Director will possess a keen understanding of the complex issues and trauma of the participants served and knowledge of approaches to effectively manage a survivor-led organization. It is expected that the Executive Director will set healthy boundaries, demonstrate self-care, and maintain a healthy work/life balance.The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors of Breaking Free.RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Board of Directors

  • Attend Board meetings and serve as a link between the Board and organization staff, programming, and operations
  • Work with the Board of Directors to ensure that Breaking Free is operating with a Board-adopted strategic plan and monitor organizational progress against that plan
  • Ensure the Board of Directors has the necessary financial, operational, and programmatic information, tools, and reports for governance planning, decision-making, monitoring, oversight, and accountability
  • Keep the Board of Directors fully informed on the conditions of Breaking Free, and the environment in which it operates, so that the Board can carry out its governance function in pro-actively planning for the future and assuring organizational stability and sustainability
  • Work in partnership with the Board in accomplishment of its governance functions and promotion and support of Breaking Free
  • Serve on the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors, and other committees as requested by the Board of Directors, or as needed to assure quality governance
  • Provide support to the Board to assist in Board fundraising efforts2. Staff Empowerment, Supervision, and Management
    • Demonstrate professionalism in both internal and external relationships and practices
    • Foster a positive mission-driven organizational culture that:
      • Models respect, responsiveness, and compassion in tone, approach, and behavior
      • Is survivor-centered
      • Cultivates positive staff relationships
      • Supports ongoing learning and personal growth at all levels of the organization and identifies and invests in opportunities for growth and professional development of all staff
      • Supports teaming at all levels of the organization
      • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity in all its dimensions and support equity, impartiality, fairness, and inclusion in all aspects of the work
      • Through a best practices approach, effectively manage the human resources of Breaking Free in a manner that supports a productive, professionally competent workforce in an environment respectful of personal well-being and cultural diversity
      • Partner with Human Resources to uplevel human resource functions including recruitment of quality staff, training, development, compensation and benefits, employee relations, and performance evaluation
      • Develop, supervise, and direct organizational leadership (i.e. ED Direct Reports)
      • Develop and nurture systems of support necessary in maintaining a healthy "survivor-led" organization3. Organization-wide Operations
        • Demonstrate strong leadership and management competencies
        • Bring a "best practices approach" to all organizational policies, systems, and operations
        • Ensure fiscal, statutory, contractual, and budgetary integrity and accountability
        • Ensure effective measurement of program success through impact/outcome-based evaluation systems and tools
        • Work to create an organization-wide implementation plan and align relationships, resources and strategies for successful accomplishment of the Board-adopted strategic plan4. Direct Finance and Fundraising
          • In partnership with the Board and staff, develop an annual budget and fundraising plan for submission to the Board of Directors for approval
          • Seek funding opportunities
          • Cultivate positive relationships with funders and serve as liaison to funders of Breaking Free
          • Oversee the writing of grant proposals and required reports to funding sources
          • Negotiate contract for annual audit
          • Monitor expenditures and income; develop a plan for organization-wide expenditures and sustainability
          • Maintain the capital assets of the corporation5. Program, Partner and Audience Quality and Relevance
            • Develop new programs and services and ensure program quality, relevancy, that is consistent with the needs of survivors served
            • Oversee, direct, develop, or develop program implementation, workshops, annual conferences, publications, website, advocacy, and endorsed service provider arrangements
            • Develop and nurture positive and relevant community partnerships
            • Promote a positive image of Breaking Free, both internally, and externally
            • Present public presentations, as needed and requested, for public relations, education, and fundraising
            • Ensure ongoing evaluation of all programs to determine effectiveness, impact, and participant satisfaction
            • Develop curriculum, tools, and training that meet cost guidelinesQUALIFICATIONS
              Qualified applicants for the Breaking Free Executive Director (ED) position must demonstrate professionalism, exceptional leadership, positive relationship-building, and outstanding communication skills. The ED will possess a keen understanding of the benefits and challenges inherent in survivor-led organizations, and the complex issues related to trauma and healing from sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, prostitution, and other forms of victimization. Applicants must have an ability to balance multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment, while setting priorities and healthy boundaries. The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively is essential. Comfort and experience with public speaking is a plus. The ED position calls for high-level management, administrative, operational, and supervisory experience and skills. Experience with grant writing, fundraising, and financial management is required. The ideal applicant will be passionate about Breaking Free's mission and its work with survivors, and be able to model and communicate the philosophy, vision, and values of Breaking Free.Applicants must have a minimum of six years of professional, leadership, and administrative experience in a social justice, advocacy and/or nonprofit settings.Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) is desired.COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
              *This is a 1.0 FTE, exempt position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. Benefits include holiday/vacation/sick leave, health/dental/disability insurance, life insurance, and retirement contributions.Candidates will complete the following application packet in a PDF format:
              • ResumePlease email your completed application packet to: on or before: May 1st, 2022. No phone calls, please.Survivors of sexual violence and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.Sign up to receive news and information on trainings, webinars and events.

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